Dr. Amanda Brouwer
Dr. Robert Casselman
Dr. Richard Deyo
Dr. Rebecca Foster
Dr. Carrie Fried
Dr. John Holden
Dr. John Johanson (chair)
Dr. Gloria Marmolejo
Dr. Peter Miene
Dr. Anthony Risser
Dr. Charles Schreiber
Dr. Jessica Siebenbruner
Dr. Janette Williams
Faculty office hours
B.A. (magna), Psychology, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, 1995
M.A., Psychology (Cognitive and Biological), University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, 2000
Ph.D. (Cognitive and Biological), Psychology, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, 2003
Frequently Taught Courses
PSY 210 Introduction to Psychological Science
PSY 231 Statistics
PSY 308/309 Experimental Psychology with Lab
Scholarly Interests & Expertise
Animal learning and behavior (comparative psychology and ethology) and behavioral neuroscience generally; brain-immune system interactions and their effects on learning and memory; addictive drugs and their effects on learning; animal models of human psychopathology; language learning in great apes
Student Research Opportunities Offered
It is anticipated that there will be opportunities for students to assist with Dr. Holden’s research in one or more of the above areas. Students with an idea for independent research are also welcome to propose a new project.
* indicates student co-authorship.
Holden, J.M., Meyers-Manor, J.E., Overmier, J.B., Gahtan, E.B., Sweeney, W., and *Miller, H.. (accepted) Lipopolysaccharide-induced immune activation impairs attention but has little effect on short-term working memory. Behavioral Brain Research.
Overmier, J.B., and Holden, J.M. (accepted) Study of basic associative processes contributes to our understanding in cognitive science. (in edited volume Progress In Cognitive Science, to be published by Sage Publishing)
Wan, X., Holden, J.M., Lynch, K.G., and Peoples, L.L. (2006) Selectivity of amphetamine effects on stimulus-controlled behavior: Evidence and relevance to drug addiction. Neuropsychopharmacology, 31, 1-12.
Holden, J.M., Overmier, J.B., *Cowan, E.T., and *Matthews, L. (2004) Effects of lipopolysaccharide on consolidation of partial learning in the Y-maze. Integrative Physiological and Behavioral Science, 39, 334-340.
Holden, J.M. (2004) Stimulus discriminability and outcome expectancy: Sources of behavioral control in pigeons' delayed matching-to-sample under differential outcomes. Dissertation Abstracts International, Section B: The Sciences & Engineering, 64(10), 5201. (Full dissertation available on request from the author)
Awards, Grants & Other Honors
Post-doctoral fellowship (U-Penn)
Goff Award for Research (UM)
Summer Research Partnership Program Grant (UM) (budget of approximately $8K)
Pre-doctoral block grant (UM)
Society for Neuroscience fellow
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Joined WSU Psychology Department
Office: 230B Phelps Hall
Office phone: (507) 457-2565
E-mail: jholden (at winona.edu)
WSU students in Dr. Holden's courses may be able to access course materials or information online through the Desire2Learn system.
Students with an interest in ape language research are recommended to check out the web site www.greatapetrust.org, about a world-class research facility located about 200 miles southwest in Des Moines .